Although it makes for a more interesting title, total effective equipment performance (TEEP) and the teep kick aren’t fighting at all. In fact, they have a lot in common, and we can learn about TEEP by looking at the two side by side.

So, what are the connections between TEEP the maintenance metric and teep the brutally efficient Muay Thai push kick? 

The fasted way to see the similarities is with some basic definitions. 

What is the teep and what is TEEP? 

The teepis not a front kick. It can often look like one, but it’s fundamentally different. It’s basically like a jab, but with your foot. The goal isn’t to inflict a lot of damage; instead, you’re using it to move your opponent back, controlling distance. The advantage that a teep has over a jab is the increased power and range. Because your legs are longer and stronger than your arms, a good teep is generally both safer and more effective. 

Safer? Because you can deliver it from further away and it’s harder for the other guy to see it coming, it’s often safer for you than throwing a jab. 

TEEP the maintenance metric is similar in that people often confuse it with things that look the same. And it’s easy to see why. TEEP and overall equipment effectiveness (OEE) and overall operations effectiveness (OOE) all include performance, quality, and availability. 

For all three maintenance metrics, performance is throughput as a percentage of the maximum possible. Quality is the percentage of products produced that are perfect. But when it comes to availability, each metric has a different definition. 

Overall equipment effectiveness (OEE) 

Of all the maintenance metrics, this one is closest to TEEP.

OEE tells you about an asset’s current level of productivity. That’s different than TEEP, which is all about potential productivity. 

To get your OEE, multiply performance by quality by availability. 

What’s availability here? Take the actual uptime of the asset and divide it by the planned uptime. If you were planning on running it six hours but only got in 3, you’re availability is 50%, which in the OEE calculation becomes 0.5. 

Where did those three hours go? You likely lost them to an unplanned breakdown that took a long time to troubleshoot and repair. 

It’s worth looking one more time at the idea of planned uptime to remove any possible confusion. If a shift is eight hours long and you already know you’re going to be running preventive maintenance inspections and tasks for two of them, that leaves you with a planned uptime of six hours for that shift. 

Overall operations effectiveness (OOE) 

OOE is actually a variation on OEE, where you take planned uptime and stretch it out to the entire shift. It doesn’t matter that you have PMs planned and it doesn’t matter that there’s no way operators can run an asset from the second the shift starts to right up until it ends. You still include all the time in the shift. 

So, instead of saying you have six hours of planned uptime because the shift is eight hours and you already set aside two of them for PMs, you just go with eight hours. 

When you do the final calculation for OOE, it’s the same as OEE: performance X quality X availability. 

But what’s availability now? It’s the amount of time the asset was up and running divided by the length of time of the entire shift. If the asset ran for three hours of an eight-hour shift, availability is 37.5%, which in the OOE calculation becomes 0.375. 

Total effective equipment performance (TEEP) 

Once you understand the other two maintenance metrics, TEEP is easy. Here, you use the same performance and quality, but calculate availability using a lot more time. 

Remember, with OEE, you calculate availability using actual uptime and planned uptime. With OOE, you calculate availability using actual uptime and all the time the manufacturing plant is open (the entire length of the shift). 

But with TEEP, you calculate availability using actual uptime and “all time.” 

And because we know nothing can run all the time, we only use TEEP to check our potential productivity. 

What are examples of TEEP? 

If you run an asset for 24 hours and it produces perfect products as fast as it can, you have a TEEP of 100%. 

But if it runs for only 16 of those 24 hours, but still made perfect products as fast as it could, that would give you: 

1 X 1 X 0.67 = 67% 

But those numbers are pretty unlikely. If we’re only getting 16 of those 24 hours, there’s a good chance we’re not hitting 100% on performance and quality. So, we can make a slightly more realistic example and say performance was 80% and quality was 85%. With the same availability, we now get: 

0.8 X 0.85 X 0.67 = 45.6% 

How do both the teep and TEEP help you set up your next move? 

The teep is great for controlling the distance between you and the other guy. If they’re getting too close, you can push them back, keeping yourself outside their range. They’re also great for frustrating opponents, preventing them setting up. Remember, before they can take their shot, they need to be in the right spot. 

And once you have someone conditioned to expect them, teeps are a great way to fake your way into position for your combinations. 

TEEP is the same. It can help you lay the groundwork for your next move.

But here, it’s not a knockout combination of crosses and uppercuts. Instead, TEEP helps you set up your next move by showing you the size of your “hidden factory,” which is the untapped potential already in your manufacturing plant. Basically, it’s the extra production value your organization could be pulling out of your assets without making any capital investments. It’s how much more the organization could get without having to buy any more assets.

These insights are critical to making the right decisions about where and how to invest.

Next steps 

You can use maintenance metrics to learn a lot about your overall maintenance operations, but to get ones you can trust, you first need reliable data. And for that, nothing beats equipment maintenance software that helps you capture data in real time and keep it safe so you can leverage it into actionable insights. 

Hippo’s here to help you get the solution that works best for you, including answering your questions about maintenance management software, helping you book a live software demo, or even setting you up with a free trial.  


There are more connections between TEEP the maintenance metric and teep the Muay Thai push kick than you might first think. For one, a lot of people misunderstand what they are. A teep is not a front kick. It’s more like a jab. And just like a jab, you can use it to control distance and pace. The TEEP is often confused with OEE and OOE, which makes sense because all three of them use performance, quality, and availability. The key differences are how you calculate availability for each one. For OEE, it’s actual divided by planned uptime. For OOE, it’s actual uptime divided by the length of the shift. And for TEEP, you use actual uptime divided by all possible time. If you’re calculating an asset’s TEEP over the course of a week, availability is total uptime divided by 168 hours (24 multiplied by seven).

And here’s one more connection between a teep and TEEP. Teeps are great for setting up your next move. You can use a fake teep to get into position for a nice combination. TEEP also helps you plan for the future. Once an organization knows its TEEP, it can see the size of its “hidden factory,” the untapped potential that’s already there without making any additional capital investments.

About The Author

Jonathan Davis

Jonathan has been covering asset management, maintenance software, and SaaS solutions since joining Hippo CMMS. Prior to that, he wrote for textbooks and video games.
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